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PROTECTION AGAINST WEAR. Dennis Manning demonstrates adding scrap iron to the toe of a shoe during a clinic at Mint Vale Forge in Cambridge, Md.
Dennis Manning of Roosevelt, Utah, has a well-earned reputation as a horseshoer, blacksmith and toolmaker. One of the reasons for that reputation is his understanding of the science behind those crafts, as he demonstrated during a clinic at Dave Ferguson’s Mint Vale Forge in Cambridge, Md., late last year.
Manning, a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, demonstrated how an understanding of metallurgy can improve your forging and shoeing techniques with a couple of simple demonstrations he performed during the clinic.
First, Manning showed how he uses scrap cast iron to add strength to the toe of a shoe.
“You can add an area of cast iron to the toe of a shoe because the cast iron melts at a lower temperature than a steel horseshoe will,” he explained.
Manning says he’s used scrap iron from old sewer pipes for the purpose, which basically adds a coating of harder iron over the softer steel of the shoe. He says you can accomplish this in four simple steps.
Manning says adding cast iron…